Future Badger gridders set for state track meet

Five 2004 football recruits head to La Crosse for this weekend's WIAA event

A number of future Wisconsin football players have qualified for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association state track and field championships, which will take place on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus June 4-5.

Antonio Freeman headlines the Badger commits for the 2004 season competing in the Division 1 state meet. The Wauwatosa West senior and future Badger cornerback is heavily favored to win the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Freeman has run the 100 in 10.51 seconds, making him the only athlete to break 11.0 seconds in a fully automated time this season. (Nine additional runners have posted a 10.8 or better when hand-timed, the best being Division 2 Spooner junior Ryan Harder's 10.6.)

Freeman's 21.07 in the 200 also dwarfs the competition heading into the state meet, a full second faster than the next highest seeded competitor, Milwaukee Washington's Hytease Thomas (22.07). Freeman will also compete with the Wauwatosa West 400 relay team (42.84), which is seeded No. 2 behind Milwaukee Vincent's 42.7.

Wausau East's Andy Crooks, who will join UW in the fall as a linebacker, qualified for state with the Tosa East 400 relay team (44.02) and in the shot put (51 feet, 8 inches).

Crooks will be joined in the Division 1 shot put competition by Hudson senior offensive lineman Kraig Urbik (52-0) and Beaver Dam senior fullback Bill Rentmeester (53-6 ½).

In Division 2, Ladysmith senior defensive end Mike Newkirk is the top seed in the shot put (61-9 ½) and the No. 7 seed in the discus (154-8).

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